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All About My Mother (1999)
"Todo sobre mi madre" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  16 April 1999 (Spain)
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Young Esteban want to become a writer and also to discover the identity of his father, carefully concealed by the mother Manuela.

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Madre de Rosa (as Rosa María Sardá)
Fernando Fernán Gómez ...
Toni Cantó ...
Lola
Eloy Azorín ...
Esteban
Carlos Lozano ...
Mario
Fernando Guillén ...
Doctor en 'Un tranvía llamado Deseo'
Manuel Morón ...
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A single mother in Madrid sees her only son die on his 17th birthday as he runs to seek an actress's autograph. She goes to Barcelona to find the lad's father, a transvestite named Lola who does not know he has a child. First she finds her friend, Agrado, a wild yet caring transvestite; through him she meets Rosa, a young nun bound for El Salvador, but instead finds out she is pregnant by Lola. Manuela becomes the personal assistant of Huma Rojo, the actress her son admired, by helping Huma manage Nina, the co-star and Huma's lover. However, Agrado soon takes over when Manuela must care for Hermana Rosa's risky pregnancy. With echos of Lorca, "All About Eve," and "Streetcar Named Desire," the mothers (and fathers and actors) live out grief, love, and friendship. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Part of every woman is a mother/actress/saint/sinner. And part of every man is a woman. (English trailer)

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Rated R for sexuality including strong sexual dialogue, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$89,515 (USA) (19 November 1999)

Gross:

ESP 1,656,949,822 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Pedro Almodóvar dedicated his movie to Bette Davis, Gena Rowlands and Romy Schneider. See more »

Quotes

Manuela: Women will do anything to avoid being alone.
Sister María Rosa Sanz: Women are more tolerant, but that's good.
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Coral para mi pequeño y lejano pueblo
Written by Dino Saluzzi
Performed by Dino Saluzzi (bandoneon), Marc Johnson and José Saluzzi
Courtesy of EMC Records
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Todo sobre mi madre, all about you and me
2 April 2003 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

What I like most about Almodovar's films, this one in particular, is the way he will grab you and pull you into a world you would not normally know and then, confront you with people's lives, emotions, relationships. Manuela, the mother who at the beginning seems so in control and clinical, earnest in her love and with the best intentions for her son, is shown to be much like you and me... full of doubts, questions, a need for answers and trying to understand how her life course has brought her to the present day and made her who she is. Barcelona in winter is richly filmed and serves as a backdrop for the renewing of old satisfying friendships and the budding of new ones, happening simultaneously and somewhat unexpectedly. It rings so true. The slow realisation that we are never really complete, that it's the people we love and live with, or avoid and later regret having done so, that makes us who we are. Almodovar sees the human condition and paints it carefully in this film.


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